One Tree Many Branches 2019-2020 Concert Season

The performing arts are a precious treasure, a gift given to mankind by God.  The tradition of excellence in music and drama is an important part of Ascension's worship milieu.  Our Concert Series of various high caliber performance media extends that excellence as a focal point in Ascension's outreach to the community.

All performances are open to the public and are held at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension.

No admission is charged but a free will donation will be accepted at each concert.  If you enjoy these concerts, please consider supporting our series by becoming a donor.

Kenari Qtet

Applauded for their “flat-out amazing” performances and “stunning virtuosity” (Cleveland Classical ), the highly acclaimed Kenari Quartet delivers inspiring performances that transform the perception of the saxophone. The quartet aims to highlight the instrument’s remarkable versatility by presenting meticulously crafted repertoire from all periods of classical and contemporary music.

Recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation, Jory Vinikour’s artistry is “vibrant, flexible, clear and keenly attuned to the musical demands” – (Cleveland Plain Dealer ). Born in Chicago and schooled in Paris, his solo repertoire ranges from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, and he appears regularly in the finest opera houses and festivals around the world. Jory will be joined by the famed Black Oak Ensemble for a portion of his performance.

The Promise of Christmas Joy to Every Child, Every Home, Every Heart. Choirs and Carols, Brass and Percussion, The Story of the Holy Child.


Every star shall sing a carol; every creature high and low.
Come and praise the king of heaven, by whatever name you know.
God above; Us below. Holy is the name I know.

Jazz vocalist/composer Keri Johnsrud, pianist/composer Kevin Bales and their quartet present Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers -  a project that showcases new jazz arrangements of compositions written by the beloved children's television host.
Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:30 PM

Violinist Cornelius Chiu and Pianist Dr. Inah Chiu are a husband and wife duo of the highest caliber. Both artists hold Master’s degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music; Inah earned her Doctorate in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Cornelius is a first violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra while Inah is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Established in 1983, Chicago Gay Men’s chorus will celebrate all that the Jackson family has to offer with selections from their spring 2020 show Jackson Jam. From the formation of the Jackson 5 to celebrated favorites by Michael and Janet, Jackson Jam includes special hits ranging from Rhythm Nation to Thriller. The group always delights their audiences with a mixture of theater, jazz, pop and the gay aesthetic!